The Canadian Progressive: Canada 150: Reconciling who we are with who we want to be

Today, on the occasion of Canada 150, we should be asking ourselves tough questions relating to the role of public policy in Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciling with Indigenous people. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: “Above all, we must deliberately put Indigenous voices and lived experiences at the centre of policy-making conversations ...

Alberta Politics: Damning ‘carding’ statistics can’t be explained away – they’re evidence of systemic racism

PHOTO: Bashir Mohamed of Black Lives Matter Edmonton speaks in front of the Edmonton Police Service downtown headquarters yesterday. Below: Some powerful charts showing carding practices in Edmonton. It’s too much. The numbers are just too high, the discrepancies in treatment too wide. It’s just too difficult to credit the very high numbers of black ...

The Canadian Progressive: Open Letter to Chief Commissioner Marion Buller on National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Read the open letter recently dispatched to Marion Buller, the Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, by the victims’ families, advocates, Indigenous leaders, experts and grassroots people. The “inquiry is in serious trouble.” The post Open Letter to Chief Commissioner Marion Buller on National Inquiry on Missing ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s vanishing point: Reconciliation and the erasure of Indian personhood

According to Tara Williamson, a singer-songwriter and poet from Manitoba, one of the many problems inherent in Canada’s current effort to reconcile with Indigenous peoples is this: “We must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing to forgive.” The post Canada’s vanishing ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Unfairness of Caregiving

I’ve been trying to remember the first time I felt the outrage of injustice. I recall that in about grade four, I was playing outside my school when the bell rang to announce the end of recess. It was winter and the snow was piled up high beside the school. Unbeknownst to me, there were ...

The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau Over Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline Approval

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Trudeau government over its approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. First Nations leaders have repeatedly stated that no genuine reconciliation is possible as long as Canada continues to approve fossil fuel-based projects that threaten their communities and the planet. The post Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT DOES ‘SETTLING’ MEAN TO CAREGIVERS?

SETTLING settling down, a.    to become established in some routine, especially upon marrying, after a period of independence or indecision. b.    to become calm or quiet. c.    to apply oneself to serious work: settling for, to be satisfied with: to settle for less. settling into, to become established in: to settle into a new routine. Caring for a loved one over time is a complicated business. If the need for care grows slowly, it may seem that at first, each helping task is perfectly doable. But taken together and over time, caregiving tasks may become overwhelming. This ...

PostArctica: Buffy Sainte-Marie

“”You talk about all the foster home kids, some of those parents they grew up without parents. They never knew a parent. How were they supposed to know how a family works? What they learned was how to be a bullying nun, how to be a pedophile priest, that’s what they learned. That’s what we’ve ...

PostArctica: Buffy Sainte-Marie

“”You talk about all the foster home kids, some of those parents they grew up without parents. They never knew a parent. How were they supposed to know how a family works? What they learned was how to be a bullying nun, how to be a pedophile priest, that’s what they learned. That’s what we’ve ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Coming to Terms with Disability in My Family, Across Generations

After my Dad passed away in 1975 following his third stroke, I was angry.  Really, really angry.  I would sit in church, look at Christ on the cross and fume, “why does everyone go on and on about YOUR suffering?!  That was NOTHING compared to what my Dad endured!”  All these years later, the anger ...

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Vancouver officially declared city built on First Nations’ ‘unceded land’

The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to acknowledge that the city sits on “unceded land” traditionally belonging to the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The post Vancouver officially declared city built on First Nations’ ‘unceded land’ appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Melissa Fong: National Anthem: A poem; “Year of reconciliation? Prove it.”

A poem on our state of denial.